Hybrid Projects - The Advantages and Future Implications

Recorded On: 05/20/2020

Hybrid resources that combine multiple technologies as a single grid resource appear to offer some important advantages. However, they also require much more sophistication in their design, market offers and operation. What are the pros and cons? Are hybrids really the future? 

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Mark Ahlstrom (Moderator)

Vice President, Renewable Energy Policy, NextEra Energy Resources

Mark Ahlstrom is Vice President of Renewable Energy Policy for NextEra Energy Resources and WindLogics, NextEra’s subsidiary known for meteorology, energy analytics and renewable energy integration. Mark is particularly interested in the reliable integration of variable generation into power systems and markets. He is actively involved at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on their Essential Reliability Services Task Force and reliability analysis of the Clean Power Plan. 

Frank Jakob

Renewable Energy, Utility Energy Storage, BV

Frank Jakob, PE, PMP, is the Technology Manager for Energy Storage in the Black & Veatch Power Division with a focus on Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources. He collaborates across the company for energy storage, renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, marine), distributed energy (microgrids, smart grids), and the emerging hybridization of energy storage with conventional generation technologies.

Amelie Colab Wulff

Global Sales Leader Hybrid Solutions, GE Renewable Energy

Amelie Wulff is the Global Sales Leader Hybrid Solutions for GE Renewable Energy based out of the global headquarters in Paris, France. In her role, Amelie is driving the commercialization and sales efforts of GE’s Renewables hybrid business across the globe. She is overlooking a portfolio of multi-use technologies and generation assets and is seeking to drive new markets and business models across the globe to help GE’s customers move through the energy transition and towards higher renewable generation penetration.

Prior to joining Amelie spent 2 years as the Managing Director – Project Finance – for the International Markets at Current, powered by GE. Current, powered by GE, is activating and leading the transition to a 21st century ecosystem by helping companies redefine the way they use energy and data technologies.

Before her move to Current, she spent 10 years at GE Capital working in a number of GE businesses across Europe. She began her career in 2003 at Industrie-und Kreditbank in Germany working in the Structured Finance department covering the international offices of IKB from the risk side. In 2006, Amelie joined GE Capital in the Central European division of Healthcare Finance. From 2011 through 2015 she worked on GE’s Corporate Leadership Staff and from 2014 to 2016, Amelie spearheaded all commercial and business development activities for GE Capital International in EMEA in the Healthcare Finance unit based out of London.

 Amelie holds an M.B.A. University of Utrecht and a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.

 Amelie is on the board of the Evangelische Krankenhaus Duesseldorf and an advisor to both a medical device and an IT start-up based out of Germany.

Mahesh Morjaria

REPlantSolutions, LLC

Over the past nine years, Dr. Mahesh Morjaria  has established himself as an expert in the area of solar generation and in addressing challenges associated with integrating solar into the power grid. Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for twenty years where he held various leadership positions including a significant role in wind energy. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and M.S. & Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Will Gorman

Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL)

Will Gorman is a researcher in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on the economics of distributed energy resources, the integration of variable generation into the electric power system, and the impact of autonomous and electric vehicles on energy systems. Will has published his research in Applied Energy, Energy Policy, and Utilities Policy among other journals. Previously, Will worked with the utilities practice at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, where he focused on electricity market and retail rate design. He also held positions as a researcher with Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy as well as UT Austin’s Webber Energy Group, where he studied topics ranging from building energy efficiency to transportation electrification. Will has his M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in the same department. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A in Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.